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'Safe Haven' review: Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation fizzles

'Safe Haven' review: Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation fizzles

*1/2 (out of four) You should know: “Safe Haven” contains two big twists that are also big mistakes, turning an already watered-down romance into frustrating, flavorless slush. As Katie and Alex, Julianne Hough (who neither sings nor dances) and Josh Duhamel are neither the problem nor the solution. He works in a coastal North Carolina market. In a prologue shot like a thriller, she escapes a bloody incident in Boston, evades the cops and hops on a bus, eventually landing in Alex’s small town. After one whole day of unemployment, Katie starts working at Ivan’s Fish Shack and buys an isolated house in the woods, clearly believing the best way to protect herself...

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